Nine-Star Pharmacist Concept, Part 3

Nine-Star Pharmacist Concept


One of the pharmacist’s responsibilities is to assist with the education and training of future generations of pharmacists and the general public. The dynamic fashion of pharmacy teaching is not only to import the skill and knowledge to others; it also offers an opportunity for professionals to gain new knowledge and to fine-tune existing skills.

The teaching sessions are best conducted in actual practice settings, where the emerging pharmacists can immerse themselves in a real-world pharmacy practice experience. The student pharmacist is also undergone for various exercises to gain knowledge on pharmacy laws and regulations to improve the professional pharmacists’ competencies.


The pharmacist also plays a leadership role in the healthcare system to make decisions, communicate, and manage effectively. A leader is one who can create an idea/vision and motivate other team members to achieve the vision. A leader is a person who continually encourages constructive differences. A leader is mission-driven without being egocentric. Effective pharmacy leaders are experts in demonstrating and creating high-performance pharmacy practices characterized by high-quality patient care, improved medication safety, and maximum productivity.


Research is not just for academicians. A great deal of research takes place at the grassroots level. Research findings can impact all sectors of the pharmacy profession. A culture change is needed whereby pharmacists see research as a core part of their normal daily practice. There is a need for more practice research to help the profession meet its aspirations. Pharmacists need help and advice about how to get involved.
Pharmacy research should not be confined within the community settings. Hospital pharmacists are increasingly engaged with research as an integral part of their career development - keeping up to date with, and contributing to, research and developments, often in collaboration with medical staff and colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry.


Pharmaceutical businesses have infinite opportunities, more so for pharmacy graduates. The current scenario is that many entrepreneurs with little or no knowledge of pharmacy set up ‘pharmacy shops’ to procure and dispense medications, under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. The question posed at this juncture is: ‘Why can't pharmacists evolve into Pharmapreneurs?

Pharmapreneurs comprise a number of highly qualified and diversified personnel having had sales, marketing, key accounts, and market access experience with multinational and local companies. The possible areas for the involvement of pharmapreneurs are market access landscape navigation, new products launch, top-line sales protection plans, reimbursement strategy, mature brand life-cycle maximization, risk assessment and mitigation scenarios planning, sales force excellence, and divestitures.
The Pharmapreneur must...
  • possess and apply appropriate pharmaceutical sciences knowledge,
  • perform pharmacist-directed patient care,
  • solve problems and continue to learn as the healthcare laws and policies change,
  • enhance patient care by creating new outcomes improvements paradigms,
  • innovate new pharmacy business solutions that enhance the patient experience and strengthen the business of community pharmacy.


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Aaseer, TS., Subramani T. 2015. The Nine-Star Pharmacist: An Overview. Journal of Young Pharmacists. Vol. 7, Issue 4, Oct-Dec 2015.